Category Archives: The Orthodox Christian Family

Bathsheba is the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31

Bathsheba was not only King David’s forbidden lover. She was also King Solomon’s mother. And St. Gregory of Nazianzus identifies King Solomon as the one who wrote down Proverbs 31: The divinely inspired Solomon in his instructive wisdom, I mean in his … Continue reading

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Sacred Seed, Sacred Chamber

Marriage is a sacrament, children are a blessing, and the Christian home has always been a prime source of Church growth. By raising up godly children, souls are added to the Church, future priests and monastics are born, and the population of heaven … Continue reading

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Good Shepherds Defend Their Sheep

MP3 Audio: WS330349_Dn-Joseph_Good-Shepherds-Defend-Their-Sheep.mp3 This homily was preached on Sunday morning, May 4, 2014, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ Gospel Reading: John 10:11-16 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of … Continue reading

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The Death of God

MP3 Audio: WS330346_Dn-Joseph_The-Death-of-God.mp3 This homily was preached on Friday evening, April 18, 2014, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ What sort of a eulogy could be given for such a man? What sort of obituary … Continue reading

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A Bucket of Rocks

A master forced two of his slaves to carry large buckets, loaded down with rocks, gravel, and sand. The farther the slaves walked, the harder and harder it was for them to carry such heavy burdens. Along the way, these … Continue reading

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Securing the Lives of our Children

Consider the following reflection offered by St. Nicholai Velimirovic: In our day, you usually hear these words from parents: “We want to secure the life of our child.” That is why they work very hard to amass wealth–often unjustly–to educate … Continue reading

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Chrismation of the Gross Family

On December 20, 2014, at Christ the King Orthodox Church, the Gross Family was baptized by Fr. Michael Keiser, and they received Chrismation from Bishop JOHN. Welcome home to the Church!

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Babies Trusting in Jesus

This article was published in the following newspapers: Norris City Banner – Wednesday, December 5, 2007 Ridgway News – Thursday, December 6, 2007 Gallatin County Democrat – Thursday, December 6, 2007  ~ Babies Trusting in Jesus Christmas reminds us of … Continue reading

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Seeking the Salvation of my Neighbor

“We cannot be saved by seeking just our own individual salvation; we need to look first to the good of others. In warfare, the soldier who takes to flight to save his own skin brings disaster on himself as well … Continue reading

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See No Evil

“Speaking about good images and good memories, I am really concerned about the images children get exposed to through the mass media,” Marina interrupted. “I see the results in my practice.” “It is disastrous,” Father Maximos agreed. “Children should be … Continue reading

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